The International Trade Administration (ITA) announced on May 30 its intentions to organize a "Green Manufacturing Day." The purpose of this day, according this division of the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), is to "enhance public-private interaction in the field of sustainable manufacturing."

Sustainable manufacturing is defined, by the organization, as the creation of manufactured products that use processes that are non-polluting, conserve energy and natural resources, are economically sound, and safe for employees, communities and consumers.

The ITA notes that "at this early stage in sustainable manufacturing's development, increased public-private interaction can be an effective means for government and industry to (a) identify the opportunities and challenges faced by manufacturers in pursuing sustainable production practices and (b) promote capacity-building among individual firms and industry sectors as a whole."

The purpose of the proposed "Green Manufacturing Day," tentatively scheduled for September 2007, will be to:

  1. Disseminate and promote best business practices in sustainable manufacturing.
  2. Assist small-and-medium-sized enterprises in identifying and implementing practical sustainable manufacturing solutions.
  3. Provide information on relevant emerging technologies.
  4. Educate participants on federal government efforts to promote sustainable manufacturing.
  5. Provide information on international sustainable manufacturing initiatives, projects, and opportunities.

Topic areas covered may include: industrial recycling, natural resource conservation, water supply and waste-water treatment, solid-waste management, hazardous waste management, environmental assessment, environmental accounting, lean and clean manufacturing, regulatory compliance, renewable energy, remanufacturing, refurbishing/reconditioning, environmental technology research and development and air pollution control.

The DOC is requesting feedback. Contact William McElnea, U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 2213, 1401 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20230 , william.mcelnea@mail.doc.gov